In my world, the magic-users have to open small, thin 'holes' in reality to tap into the power from the Realm they are tapping into. As a result, said tears in reality must stay open for them to use their magical powers - no tear, nowhere to draw energy from.
My issue is that I'm not sure how to give the 'common people' counter-measures against them without ye olde 'special material around their wrists prevents them from making said tears in reality and using their magic' thing.
To elaborate somewhat:
- The tears don't require any special item like a wand or whatnot to create
- They take a few seconds to form after being 'opened'
- Other magicians can close Tears being used by another magician if they are trained in drawing from the 'opposite' Realm (six realms - imagine them as vertices on a hexagon.) They can also, of course, draw on the other magicians tear if they utilize the same Realm for their powers.
- Tears are proximity based. The closer a magician to their Tear, the more easily they can draw power from it.
The specific thing I am asking for is this:
What are some ways to either destroy/nullify the effects of the aforementioned Tears, or else to render my magicians harmless, that don't involve the invocation of the classic 'anti-magic material'?